NFL Week 2: Michael Vick Wins, 0-2 Dallas Cowboys, and 25 Things We Learned
Just when it looked the Houston Texans were going to be exposed by the Washington Redskins, they came roaring back and took the win in overtime, 30-27.
I think I saw more blowouts this week than last week, including one from a team that had no business losing last week. Not only that, but another team won that I didn't expect to win. Don't you hate it when that happens?
There are so many things to go over from this week, but we'll go with 25 and see where that leaves us.
So, without further ado, here are 25 things we learned, or observations if you will, from Week 2 of the still very young NFL season.
No 25: Quarterback Controversy in Philadelphia
If head coach Andy Reid think Kevin Kolb is going to get his job back without a fight, he's sorely mistaken. Reid told the media prior to the Eagles' game Sunday that it was Kolb's job no matter what.
Michael Vick came in today and threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-32 win over Detroit.
No. 24: Dallas Cowboys Still Trying To Figure Things Out
The Dallas Cowboys returned home to face the Chicago Bears after a disappointing loss to the Washington Redskins.
What they didn't expect was to see the game clock tick down to zero and see another loss.
The Cowboys turned the ball over three times, including a key fumble by wide receiver Roy Williams, and had a missed field goal from kicker David Beuhler.
No. 23: The Packers Look For Real So Far
Without Ryan Grant, there were questions as to how the Packers would fare without him.
Today against the Buffalo Bills, that question got answered in a big way. Aaron Rodgers threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another in a 34-7 blowout win.
No. 22: The Chiefs Might Be Regretting Matt Cassel's Big Contract
Matt Cassel hasn't exactly been worth the money the Chiefs have been paying him.
So far through two games, Cassel has completed just 10-of-22 passes for just 244 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
However, the Chiefs keep winning.
No. 21: Is Brett Favre Hurting the Vikings More Than Helping Them?
This wasn't the return that the Vikings were hoping they would get. I'm left wondering if Brett Favre is hurting the Vikings more than helping them.
Through all of the 2009 season, Favre was intercepted just seven times. Though two games of the 2010 season, he's been intercepted four times.
Not only that, but the Vikings are now 0-2 on the season.
No. 20: Houston Texans Keep Finding Ways To Win
Call them the little team that finally has become a big boy in the NFL.
The Colts found out last week and the Redskins were next—the Houston Texans refuse to lose and they've become a force in the NFL. A team to be reckoned with.
Who's next? How about the Dallas Cowboys.
No. 19: Mark Sanchez Leads the Jets Back From a Disappointing Week 1
After a disappointing 10-9 loss the Ravens in the opening week of the NFL season, Mark Sanchez was done playing games and led the Jets to a 28-14 win over the New England Patriots.
Sanchez threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns to Jerricho Cotchery, Braylen Edwards, and Dustin Keller.
No. 18: Kyle Orton Has Big Day For Broncos
It seems Kyle Orton is starting to gain more and more confidence and he showed it on the field today.
The Broncos quarterback threw for 307 yards and two scores and led the Broncos to a 31-14 win over the Seahawks.
No. 17: The Steelers Need Ben Roethlisberger Back
The Pittsburgh Steelers need their star quarterback back in the lineup, more than they realize.
They've gotten by so far, picking up wins in each of their last two games, but they haven't been easy. Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon split time, but they both combined for just 43 yards passing against the Titans.
Like I said, they're getting wins, but that luck is going to run out sooner or later.
No. 16: Matt Ryan, Falcons Prove Week 1 Was Fluke
Matt Ryan and Jason Snelling took the team on their backs and led the Atlanta Falcons in a rout of the Arizona Cardinals, 41-7.
The Falcon defense gave up just 267 total yards and forced three turnovers, all of them interceptions from quarterbacks Derek Anderson and former BYU star Max Hall.
Ryan threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns while Snelling added 129 yards and two more scores after Michael Turner left the game with an injury.
No. 15: Bengals Win But T.O. and Ochocinco Held Without Touchdown
Yes, the men that could create more drama than LeBron James have just one combined touchdown catch through two games.
While we don't exactly know the extent of the conversations they've had with quarterback Carson Palmer, you have to believe they've said something.
No. 14: Jets Lost Darrelle Revis to Injury
The New York Jets lost cornerback Derrelle Revis to a hamstring injury during their game with the New England Patriots.
While it's unknown what the extent of the injury is, they need their star cornerback to shut down the best receivers in the game. Though Randy Moss did beat him once today.
No. 13: Matt Moore May Be The Backup Come Next Sunday
Carolina Panthers quarterback Matt Moore was benched in the fourth quarter in favor of former Notre Dame standout quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
Moore, despite a concussion last week, was given the start but was pulled after he lost a fumble on a sack.
No. 12: Do The Jets Regret Signing LaDainian Tomlinson?
LaDainian Tomlinson seemed to be a good pickup for the New York Jets during the offseason. The former San Diego Chargers' star has rushed for just 138 yards on 22 carries, but has yet to score a touchdown.
While I wonder if the Jets regret signing him, you also have to wonder if the "past his prime" talk was more accurate than at first thought.
No. 11: Darren McFadden Runs Over Rams
Darren McFadden had just 95 yards for the Raiders in the opening week. Apparently he wasn't going to let that happen again.
He carried the ball 30 times for 145 yards against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Maybe it's a sign of things to come.
No. 10: Who's The First To Go In Dallas?
The Cowboys are 0-2 and they lost their home opener after a mistake cost them a win in Washington D.C. Not only that, but Week 3 comes in Houston against the Texans, a team that continues to find ways to win.
If the Cowboys lose next Sunday and drop to 0-3, how long will Wade Phillips keep his job? If it's not Phillips, will Jason Garrett or Tony Romo take the fall?
No. 9: Shaun Hill Performs Admirably in Matt Stafford's Absence
When Matthew Stafford went down with a shoulder injury, most wondered how Shaun Hill would do in his absence.
Well, Lions fans may have gotten a taste of that answer this afternoon.
Hill threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted twice as well. Not a bad day at the office and one the Lions want to see more of down the road.
No. 8: Jason Whitten Not All That Persuasive
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was pulled after sustaining a concussion during their game against the Bears.
The cameras caught him more than a few times trying to convince the team doctors and trainers to let him return to the game, but he was unsuccessful.
It made me wonder just how serious his concussion was if they were going to let him return. Trainers allowed two different players on two different teams to return after administering the concussion test.
No. 7: The Jacksonville Jaguars Have a Turnover Problem
When you turn the ball over, it generally leads to points for the other team.
That much was true for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Quarterback David Garrard was intercepted four times and the Jaguars, as a team, turned the ball over six times.
Those turnovers led to a 38-13 rout at the hands of the San Diego Chargers.
No. 6: San Diego Chargers Lose Ryan Mathews to Injury
Rookie running back Ryan Mathews left the game in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle. He was cleared to return to the game but head coach Norv Turner elected to keep him out of the game and keep the injury from getting worse.
Don't expect Mathews to miss any time but the Chargers will be watching him carefully during practice this week.
No. 5: Jay Cutler Putting Together an Impressive Season So Far
Through two games, Jay Cutler is looking far and away better than the quarterback that threw 26 interceptions last season.
So far, he's thrown for 649 yards and five touchdowns while getting intercepted just once.
Sure it's only two games, but you have to admit he's off to a good start.
No. 4: Is Matt Schaub The Most Underrated Quarterback in the NFL?
People were wondering why the Falcons ever traded Matt Schaub. Now the Texans quarterback is showing just how good he can be.
He threw for 497 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Redskins and has amassed 604 total yards through two games.
No. 3: Donovan McNabb Puts Up Big Numbers For Redskins
The Eagles didn't want him, so they chased him out of town.
Well, seems like trading him to a division rival may come back to bite them if Donovan McNabb played like he did today.
The veteran quarterback threw for 426 yards and a touchdown, but his team came up just short of a win. He wasn't great against Dallas, but maybe this is the kind of performance he needed to get his confidence soaring.
No. 2: San Diego Chargers Make Nice Comeback
They were coming off an embarrassing loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1. It was a loss they wanted to forget. They needed someone to take it out on.
Unfortunately, the Jacksonville Jaguars were the target as the Chargers played their home opener.
Philip Rivers had 334 yards passing and three touchdowns and their defense forced six turnovers in a 38-13 blowout win.
The game was blacked out for television, but the Chargers made their point loud and clear. Week 1 was a fluke and they're ready for anything.
No. 1: Big Brother Still Beats On Little Brother
It was Manning Bowl II. Big brother Peyton versus little brother Eli.
Peyton proved that big brother is still the best and that little brother will always be in his shadow as the Colts beat up the Giants 38-14. It was 24-0 at halftime.
Big brother threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns while little brother turned the ball over three times, including two fumbles.